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Eckerd students ride in style on new tandem bikes

Eckerd students ride in style on new tandem bikes

Since 2004, Eckerd College’s Yellow Bike Program has been a smashing success—communal bikes are a hot commodity when it comes to cruising around campus. In…

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Since 2004, Eckerd College’s Yellow Bike Program has been a smashing success—communal bikes are a hot commodity when it comes to cruising around campus. In early March of this year, the Yellow Bike Program gained three new tandem bikes donated by the former campus bike shop supervisor, Dexter Howard ’10.

From 2016 to 2020, Howard supervised the Nu Bike Shop, a campus bicycle maintenance facility housed under the Nu Complex , but now he is in the process of starting his own recumbent and cargo bike company. Howard donated the tandem bikes to Eckerd for student use after purchasing them from a beach bike rental company that was retiring its old fleet of rental bikes in 2019.

Bike shop student employees then repaired the donated tandem bikes, despite the extra challenge of working on a new type of bicycle.

Deidric Davis ’25 (left) and Elliot McPhatter ’26 enjoy “original” yellow bikes to get across campus. Next time, a tandem bike will be an option for them! Photo: Angelique Herring ’19

“Fixing tandem yellow bikes can be confusing at times, but for the most part it’s pretty much like working on two yellow bikes at the same time,” says bike shop employee Thomas Vetter, a senior environmental studies student from Raleigh, North Carolina. “They do take a little bit more time, parts and money to fix but overall are great for the community!”

Since bicycles built for two have more moving parts (including two chains instead of one), they need extra maintenance […]

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